Meridian Regional Fundraisers of the Year celebrate at Pride of Britain Awards 2019

Meridian's regional fundraisers of the year have joined celebrity guests, actors and sport stars at this year's Pride of Britain Awards.

Sarah Simpson from Wokingham in Berkshire and Ben West from Frittenden in Kent met other regional winners and enjoyed a star studded evening, hosted by Carol Vorderman.

West Regional Fundraiser of the Year Sarah won for her work with the Ollie Young Foundation, set up in memory of her son, that has raised half a million pounds.

It's been amazing actually, really surreal. It's put your faith back in humanity with all the stories you've heard. There's so much I can take away from it as well and learn from them or put it into my charity. I think we're all quite selfless and doing it for other people but there's always that one person who'll take a step further. It's just amazing."

Sarah Simpson, Meridian West Regional Fundraiser of the Year

East Regional Fundraiser of the Year Ben won for his work raising money to tackle teenage mental health issues in memory of his brother Sam, who took his own life last year aged 15.

It's been absolutely unbelievable. Looking around the room the amount of celebrities you see, and that's not even the best part of this. It's seeing those people who get on stage and hearing those stories. You just feel like you can do more, it just makes you feel so inspired. It's the most unbelievable evening, totally amazing.

Ben West, Meridian East Regional Fundraiser of the Year